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Sunday, February 15, 2009

'Friday the 13th' remake slashes up Valentine's Day weekend with record $42.2m, Feb. 13-15, 2009

Jason Voorhees made his solo comeback a big one over Valentine's Day and President's Day weekend as the Newline/Warner Bros. remake Friday the 13th posted the biggest debut in history for a horror film with a massive $42.2 million.

Budgeted at a mere $19 million, the remake of the 1980 horror film that started the franchise blew past the debuts of all eleven previous Jason pics, including the $36.4 million bow of 2003's Freddy Vs. Jason. Produced by Michael Bay, the New Line-Paramount co-production (released by Warner) has already become the second highest grossing film in the franchise, surpassing the original Friday the 13th's $39.7 million total gross, and behind only Freddy vs. Jason's $82.6 million domestic haul. Bay already has a Nightmare on Elmstreet reboot in the works.

Averaging an incredible $13,605 in 3,105 theaters, Friday the 13th also posted the best R-rated opening since last summer's Wanted with $50.9 million, as well as the 15th biggest R-rated debut ever.

The massive debut helped the marketplace bring in over $185 million over the Friday-Sunday frame, making it the biggest President's Day weekend in history.

Last week's champ He's Just Not That Into You fell 29% over the Valentine's Day weekend finishing with a strong $19.6 million. In ten days, the romantic comedy has grossed $55.1 million. Look for the film to break $90 million domestic.

Debuting in fourth was Buena Vista's comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic, which beat estimates with a strong $15.4 million bow. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the Isla Fisher starrer averaged $6,145 from 2,507 theaters despite garnering by far the worst reviews of the weekend. With nearly three-quarters of its attendance being female, look for severe drops in the coming weeks.

Holding strong in fifth was the acclaimed stop-motion pic Coraline, which fell just 9% to $15.3 million over the three-day frame. The Focus Features release has amassed $35.6 million in both traditional and 3D theaters, and should have no trouble breaking $75 million domestic.

Poor marketing, a bad premise and lukewarm reviews condemned Sony's banking thriller The International to seventh with $10 million. Starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, the $50 million budgeted pic averaged $4,230 in 2,364 theaters. Look for a quick exit out of the top ten for German director Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run) film.

1 comment:

ecrunner said...

Not sure why that movie did so well on the least likely weekend. Or, maybe Valentine's is finally being seen as overrated. Anyways, I liked Confessions... thought it got decent reviews, but didn't fair well at the box office.